Beginning March 15, Yeshiva University will host five days of thrilling, top level competition at its 27th Annual Red Sarachek Invitational Basketball Tournament. The 20 teams from across the country will battle Heights for the top spot in the country’s most prestigious Jewish high school basketball competition at the Max Stern Athletic Center on YU’s Wilf Campus in Washington Heights.

The tournament will also include a lively Shabbaton and tours of the university’s campus to help the players gain an early appreciation for YU’s unique educational environment and provide opportunities for bonding with opponents and teammates off the court.

This year’s Shabbaton program will include presentations by renowned motivational speaker Gian Paul Gonzalez and Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff , a rabbi, educator, writer, and member of the Judaic studies faculty of both Yeshiva College and Stern College for Women.

“Our annual tournament was named for former YU Maccabees coach Bernard ‘Red’ Sarachek, and we honor his legacy by creating a meaningful experience that promotes camaraderie, sportsmanship, Jewish unity, and pride in Yeshiva University,” said Matthew Schwartz, senior associate director of operations of YU’s office of admissions.

“It’s really special to see students who were locked in fierce competition just hours earlier come together as one cohesive YU community for Shabbat. Their experiences throughout the tournament drive home the fact that a YU education means having a topnotch academic and extracurricular experience without having to sacrifice or compromise on their religious values.”

Participating schools for this year’s tournament will include: Berman Hebrew Academy (Rockville, MD); Davis Renov Stahler (DRS) Yeshiva High School (Woodmere, NY); Farber Hebrew Day School (Southfield, MI); Fuchs Mizrachi School (Beachwood, OH); Harkham GAON (Los Angeles); Hebrew Academy (Miami Beach, FL); Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (Uniondale, NY); Ida Crown Jewish Academy (Skokie, IL); Katz Yeshiva High School (Boca Raton, FL); Kohelet Yeshiva High School (Merion Station, PA); Magen David Yeshiva High School (Brooklyn, NY); Robert M. Beren Academy (Houston, TX); SAR High School (Riverdale, NY); Shalhevet High School (Los Angeles); The Frisch School (Paramus, NJ); The Mesivta High School of Greater Philadelphia (Bala Cynwyd, PA); Torah Academy of Bergen County (Teaneck, NJ); Valley Torah High School (Valley Village, CA); Yeshiva University High School of Los Angeles (Los Angeles); and Yeshiva University High School for Boys/Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy (New York).

The tournament will be broadcast in high definition video by the student run MacsLive sports network. For complete tournament coverage, including scores, statistics, game summaries and awards, please visit MacsLive.com/Sarachek.

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